Springtime is like a toddler. One moment a lamb and the next moment a lion. Quick to change, a whirlwind of activity, excited about everything, and ready to begin again and again and again. My toddler is about to turn 3 and just like the 2 year old lion we met at the zoo – he’s found his roar! (Lions develop their roaring capability after they turn two.) Just like I’ve completely given up on the weatherman (because who can blame him, the weather changes every second in the spring – rain one minute, sun the next, 70 degrees back to 50 degrees in a day), I have given up predicting my toddler. My 3 1/2 month old is more predictable! I DO know that summer will arrive eventually.
This past week I retreated to my parents house at the beach for a respite (or as close as I’ll ever get!). My husband is away traveling and in addition to that disruption we have dealt with stomach bugs, sore throats (me), runny noses, temper tantrums, and the usual travel conditions – new routines, new foods, new places, new temper tantrums (did I mention that already?). When I think about all we’ve done, it seems that my toddler has weathered the storm quite heroically. Through it all I have continued a learn-on-the-go, Montessori-inspired, education philosophy. The beach is one HUGE sensorial bin. I have “followed the child” down the beach for an aimless, toddler walk. We have discovered nature at the zoo and listened to grandparents reading stories.
So, my question…how do you keep education rolling along when everything else is constantly changing? School work during trips? At the grandparent’s house? At the beach? On springbreak?
Pictures from our trip to Nana’s and Papa’s at the beach…